Commander Richard Day was a fictional British Royal Navy officer and captain of the ill-fated HMS Devonshire. A minor ally portrayed by British actor, Christopher Bowen, he first appeared in the 1997 James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, and was subsequently adapted for the film's accompanying novelisation, penned by Raymond Benson.
During the events of Tomorrow Never Dies, Commander Richard Day is the captain of the British Type 23 frigate, HMS Devonshire. The ship was on routine patrol sailing in the South China Sea when she was remotely meaconed off-course into Chinese-held waters by techno-terrorist Henry Gupta, working for media mogul Elliot Carver. Two Chinese J-17 MiGs were dispatched to investigate the frigate's presence. Unbeknownst to both the fighter pilots and the Devonshire's crew, the frigate was being used in Carver's plot to provoke war between China and the United Kingdom in order to secure broadcasting rights in the former. Carver's Stealth Ship, undetectable by either the Devonshire or the MiGs, launched a sea drill at the frigate, which sank the craft by surgically cutting through its hull. Believing it to be an aerial torpedo fired by the MiGs, Commander Day sent a message to the Admiralty and proceeded to abandon ship. Only seventeen crewmen escaped and they were promptly executed by Carver's men using Chinese weaponry.
Almost identical to his film counterpart, Commander Day is described as forty-four, with experience of over twenty years in the Royal Navy. He also had a good understanding of the political complexities of the Far East, spoke several oriental languages and had been stationed in Hong Kong for half of his naval career. His additional dialogue dates the film's events post-July 1997, following the handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
- (14 Sept. 2015; Original release: 1997). Tomorrow Never Dies (Blu-Ray). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Event occurs at 01:55:43. "Film credits: Commander Richard Day ... Christopher Bowen."
- (1997). Tomorrow Never Dies (Blu-Ray). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Event occurs at 00:25:20. "Friday 11, April, 1997 Late Edition"
- Benson, Raymond; Bruce Feirstein [6 November 1997]. "Chapter 2: Shadow on the Sea", Tomorrow Never Dies (in English). Kent: Hodder and Stoughton, 34. ISBN 0340707429.